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Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box

Posted by Graphic 45 03/23/2018 16 Comment(s) Home Decor,

Hello, G45ers!

  We have great news for you, our  Sun Kissed collection is back in stock!  To celebrate we wanted to share this beach inspired Window Shadow Box by Brand Ambassador, Kathy Clement.  Kathy shares six amazing tips that will help you to recreate this gorgeous home decor frame.  But first, to kick off this fun blog post we have our weekly blog contest winner to announce...  


This week’s prize package included a Sun Kissed 12x12 Collection Pack, Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, and a Mixed Media Album,  a $45+ value.  The winner of this prize package is… Gail Leggett!  Gail had this to say on Facebook: “This is a delightful paper collection with children and sea turtles...I already have the Under the Sea and By the Sea, yet here I am...thinking of even more fabulous beach projects to make with the new paper collection. Oh, yeah, I live in the desert...far from any beach. Sigh.”  


Thanks, everyone who joined in the fun this week and left your tips and comments.  Gail, email to claim your prize.  

Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box

By Kathy Clement


“If you’re like me, the beach is your happy place.  There’s no better way to renew your mind, body and spirit than spending a day soaking up the Sun, the Sand and The Sea!  So when Graphic 45 released Sun Kissed, their latest beach themed collection, I could not wait to play with it. The sun-drenched colors, ocean images and beautiful florals in this collection work perfectly in this G45 Staples Window Box Display.



I’d never decorated a Staples Window Box before, and I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it is to do.  Here are a few tips that you might find helpful.



  • It’s quick and easy to cut the signature page to fit the back of the Window Box.  Measure your paper to 9.75” square, and it should pop right into the recessed area on the back of the frame.

  • Cut the pieces to line the interior of the box at the same time.  I cut sixteen 1 ⅝” x 3 ⅞” rectangles of the striped paper. Then I inked the edges with G45 Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink before gluing into the openings.  

  • Cut a thin border strip to cover the cross pieces inside the Window Box.

  • Give your Window Box a beachy feel by stringing a little banner from corner to corner in one of the windows.



I had such fun filling the individual frames with fussy cut images, real sea shells, sand, and a little glass vial.  


Tip: To add extra dimension to your project, glue fussy cut images to the sides of the frame at staggered depths.  Or, create a little pop up mechanism and attach the fussy cut turtles to the back of the window.


Tip: Turn a Shabby Chic Door Pull upside down and fill with seaweed (I picked mine up on the beach and dried it) and a miniature sand dollar.



Adding fussy cut flowers and images to the sides of the Window Box gives it a real feeling of depth.  



I backed fussy cut items with waste chipboard to lend them strength and stability.  The title is popped up on waste chipboard as well.


It’s wonderful to have a beachy collection to play with in the dead of winter!  It’s a good reminder that summer will come around again soon, and we can all dig our toes back into the warm sand at the beach.  Until then, I plan to dig into this collection and make lots of Sun Kissed projects to drive away the winter blues!" ~Kathy




Graphic 45 Supplies:


Staples - Window Shadow Box-Ivory



Loving this Window Shadow Box?  

Check out this Midnight Masquerade Shadow Box and Project Sheet.

Midnight Masquerade is the perfect colorful collection for a gorgeous Window Shadow Box! You will love creating a Window Shadow Box with coordinating mini albums for a stunning way to display photos and keepsakes.  Print out the easy to follow step by step directions and start creating today!

Read more and print out project sheet here…


Thanks to Kathy and Maria for sharing these Window Shadow Boxes, and to you for joining us for another fun filled blog post.  We hope these tips and projects have inspired you to start your next DIY home decor piece.  Be sure to join us again Monday through Friday, we post five days a week to give your daily creative fix.  Until then have a great weekend and as always... 


Happy Papercrafting!  

16 Comment(s)

Cheryl Wells:
03/23/2018, 12:11:53 PM

Love the Sun Kissed window box - such a gorgeous collection of paper!!

Regina Harrison:
03/23/2018, 12:12:05 PM

Love this shadow box, I am going to try this project this weekend. Thank you for the idea.

Michele Lewis:
03/23/2018, 12:26:44 PM

Well, that definitely seals it...I HAVE to have this collection!!!!!....... and this shadow box looks perfect to try with almost any of the Graphic 45 collections!

03/23/2018, 01:24:22 PM

I already loved this collection and this project is so inspiring. It is now on top of my project list

Tracy Evans:
03/23/2018, 01:33:39 PM

Wonderful attention to detail, fabulous uplifting colours, beautifully decorated and exquisite design. Tracy ❤️❤️

Vanessa LeClear:
03/23/2018, 02:10:21 PM

Congratulations to Gail! Today's shadow box projects are beautiful!

03/23/2018, 02:10:27 PM

What a great project. I am amazed at all the ideas designers come up with. So much talent out there.

Sharon gullikson:
03/23/2018, 05:29:17 PM

Your ladies make such amazing projects. I love to be inspired by them,and learn from them.

Glenda Buster:
03/23/2018, 05:48:07 PM

Congratulations to Gail. Love the Sun Kissed G45 Window Shadow Box and all of Kathy’s great tips!

Ellen Haydon:
03/23/2018, 11:44:56 PM

Got my papers out and I'm making that lovely Sun Kissed Shadow Box. I can hardly wait until my Grand-daughter's birthday. I could always give it to her early of course. Hummm....

Sue MacFall:
03/24/2018, 09:28:08 AM

These shadow boxes are both so different and yet both stunning too. Thank you for using 2 great collections.

Rosann Barnes:
03/24/2018, 11:53:22 AM

Love Kathy's window shadow box ... just so perfect for Sun Kissed Collection! Those blues are sooooooo pretty with the oranges in that collection !! Maria's box is beautiful ... great job from both ladies! Can't loose with such pretty paper selections !!

Marge G:
03/24/2018, 05:07:14 PM

I don't live anywhere near a beach either, but I think I own every collection that has anything to do with water too! Love shadow boxes. Gotta have a place to put all those little treasures we bring home every time we take a trip to the coast.

Barbara G.:
03/25/2018, 02:36:58 PM

Gail, you did it again, love this paper!!

03/25/2018, 06:20:52 PM

Kathy's Sun Kissed box is wonderful! I hope to try this myself if I win the prize.

03/27/2018, 08:32:55 PM,

Congratulations Gail!!!

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